Handbook on the Geographies of Regions and Territories
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Handbook on the Geographies of Regions and Territories

Edited by Anssi Paasi, John Harrison and Martin Jones

This new international Handbook provides the reader with the most up-to-date and original viewpoints on critical debates relating to the rapidly transforming geographies of regions and territories, as well as related key concepts such as place, scale, networks and regionalism. Bringing together renowned specialists who have extensively theorized these spatial concepts and contributed to rich empirical research in disciplines such as geography, sociology, political science and IR studies, this interdisciplinary collection offers fresh, cutting-edge, and contextual insights on the significance of regions and territories in today’s dynamic world.
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Chapter 32: Sovereignty and regionalism in Eurasia

Dmitrii Kofanov, Anton Shirikov and Yoshiko M. Herrera


Scholars of Eurasian post-communist space have long struggled in finding an appropriate name for this region. This naming issue is, however, only a reflection of a more fundamental question: how much do these countries have in common? In this chapter, we consider the conceptualization of regional units and sovereignty in Eurasia on the supranational, national, and subnational level, the origins of these territorial concepts, and the institutions that follow from different concepts of sovereignty. Our analysis shows that regionalism in post-Soviet Eurasia has been marked by a range of sovereignty claims, movements and settlements, and to a great extent shaped by imagined geographies that divide space along civilizational lines and combine malleability with deep historical roots. The European idea, which found its embodiment in the European Union, turned out to be the most potent of those, while the development of other Eurasian supranational institutions remains a work in progress.

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